The U.S. Defense Department think tank DARPA is offering US$10,000 in prizes as part of a competition to introduce crowdsourcing to heavy weapons development and manufacturing. By adopting the”democratized” strategy of crowdsourcing for the development of the Fast, Adaptable Next-Generation armored vehicle (FANG), DARPA hopes to speed up the design and manufacturing of such weapons while reducing costs and introducing greater design flexibility.
Another hope is that by using the crowdsourcing approach, DARPA will be able to minimize one of the greatest time and cost obstacles of weapons design – systems integration. It’s one thing to make a beautiful, elegant system. It’s another thing to make it work with all the other systems that the other engineers are developing. It doesn’t do any good to build the world’s greatest tank gun if it won’t fit in the turret properly and shorts out the electrics every time it moves.
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